30+ Key Lime Dessert Recipes

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Every possible iteration of a Key Lime Dessert Recipe – gathered all together in one place for your dessert inspiration! These 30+ Key Lime Dessert Recipes range from traditional to no-bakes, from cookies to cakes – and everything in between!

Cookies, Pies and Bars - oh my! This collection of Key Lime Dessert Recipes has so many unique uses for fresh summer key limes, the summer will run out before you’re able to bake your way through them all!

Key Lime Pie Recipe Collection

In this roundup, we have a mouth-watering collection of Key lime-infused treats, from classic pies to inventive confections that will dazzle your taste buds. (Scroll down to the collection if you want to skip our tips for baking with key limes.)

What is a key lime? Key lime is a type of lime native to tropical regions such as the Florida Keys, Mexico, and Southeast Asia, sometimes referred to as Mexican lime or West Indian lime. It is smaller and rounder than the more common Persian lime and has a distinctive yellow-green color when ripe. Key limes are known for their intense tartness and floral aroma, which sets them apart from other lime varieties and makes them ideal for desserts.

They are a key ingredient in various culinary dishes, but most notably in desserts. Key lime desserts are a delicious category of sweet treats that feature the distinctive tart and citrusy flavor of Key limes. The most iconic Key lime dessert is Key lime pie, which consists of a graham cracker crust filled with a creamy mixture made from Key lime juice, sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks, topped with whipped cream or meringue. (We have a few variations on this classic below.)

Pin this Collection of Key Lime Pie Desserts for your next baking session.

30 Mouthwatering Key Lime Dessert Recipes, the perfect flavour profile for a refreshing, tart and sweet summer dessert. This recipe collection has everything from no bake key lime desserts to classic key lime pies, and options for entertaining friends with dietary restrictions.

Tips For Key Lime Dessert Perfection

Creating Key lime desserts is a delightful journey blending tartness with sweetness, and here are some essential tips to ensure your creations are nothing short of perfection:

  • Selecting Fresh Key Limes: Opt for fresh Key limes whenever possible. They have a more intense flavor compared to regular limes, giving your desserts that authentic Key lime zestiness.
  • Zest and Juice: When zesting Key limes, be cautious not to scrape too deeply into the bitter pith. Also, ensure to juice them thoroughly, as their smaller size might require more effort compared to larger citrus fruits.
  • Balancing Sweetness and Tartness: Achieve the perfect balance between sweet and tart flavors by adjusting the amount of sugar and lime juice according to your preference. Taste as you go to ensure the desired flavor profile.
  • Chilling is Key: Key lime desserts often benefit from chilling to set properly and develop their flavors. Allow your creations ample time to chill in the refrigerator before serving for the best texture and taste.
  • Garnish with Zest: Sprinkle freshly grated Key lime zest over your finished desserts for an extra burst of citrus aroma and visual appeal. It adds a pop of color and enhances the overall presentation. With these tips in mind, you’re well-equipped to embark on your Key lime dessert-making adventure. Let your creativity soar as you indulge in the irresistible allure of these citrus-infused delights!

I always have a bottle of Key Lime Juice in the fridge during the summer months. It’s a great option if you want to be able to whip up a key lime dessert on a whim (without having to go out for fresh limes) and it saves having to juice all of the limes yourself!

stack of key lime pie cookies on a marble counter
Photo credit: Sugar, Spice and Glitter

Copycat Crumbl Key Lime Pie Cookies

These Copycat Crumbl Key Lime Pie Cookies boast all of the flavour of a key lime pie with its creamy, zesty filling and buttery graham cracker crust – in a convenient, single-serve cookie form.

key lime pie cheesecakes garnished with whipped cream and lime slices on a pink plate
image credit: Sugar, Spice and Glitter

Mini Key Lime Cheesecakes

Transport your tastebuds to the Florida Keys with this sweet, pleasantly tart and creamy Mini Key Lime Pie Cheesecake recipe. It combines the unmistakably tropical flavor of a tart key lime pie with the rich creaminess of cheesecake to create one irresistible summer dessert.

a serving of a key lime pie dessert lasagna on a white square plate
Photo Credit: Sugar, Spice and Glitter

No Bake Key Lime Lush

No Bake Key Lime Dessert Lasagna is a layered dessert with all of your favorite flavors and textures of a key lime pie, taken to another level of indulgence.

key lime popsicles on a slate background
Photo Credit: Sugar, Spice and Glitter

Key Lime Pie Popsicles

A unique and healthy way to enjoy all of the flavors of key lime pie – in a frozen form! No one that tastes this Key Lime Pipe Popsicle recipe will believe that there is not only avocado but also spinach blended up in this treat.

mini key lime pies on a copper tray
  Photo Credit: tastesoflizzyt

Mini Key Lime Pies from Tastes Of Lizzy T

These mini key lime desserts are delicious mini pies and are the perfect way to finish off a meal. They are bright, light and creamy and don’t require baking. Cool and fresh for summer.

The cream cheese in the filling adds a decadent richness that complements the tangy lime. These bite-sized treats are perfect for potlucks, bake sales, or feeding a crowd.

mojito key lime bars on a white plate
Photo Credit: swirlsofflavor

Mojito Key Lime Bars from Swirls Of Flavor

Mojito Key Lime Bars are a fun twist on a classic cookie bar recipe, incorporating flavors inspired by the refreshing Mojito cocktail.

Key lime juice and fresh mint combine to give our mojito inspired dessert the flavors of the Cuban cocktail.

key lime pie cookies on a white counter
Photo Credit: dancingthroughtherain

Key Lime Cookies from Dancing Through The Rain

These key lime cookies are a delightful treat that packs a punch of citrusy flavor in a chewy, crispy package! Citrus desserts are some of the most mouth-watering treats out there and these key lime cookies live up to that hype! 

With a perfect combination of tangy and tart in a chewy sugar cookie, these will easily become some of your new favorite cookies.

a slice of key lime pie garnished with whipped cream, toasted coconut and a key lime slice
Photo Credit: foodfolksandfun

Key Lime Pie from Food Folks And Fun

Key lime pie is a go-to dessert for special dinners, barbecues, and potlucks. It’s a classic summertime dessert that everyone always loves! 

This key lime pie recipe is easy and incredibly delicious especially with the addition of toasted coconut to the crust and topping. 

a stack of key lime pie cheesecake bars on a white background
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Key Lime Bars from Food Folks And Fun

Key lime bars achieve a perfect balance of sweet and tart. The sweetness of the crust and filling complements the tangy lime, making them irresistible.

They are creamy, zesty, and much easier to make than the classic pie. The bars are a versatile dessert option that you can enjoy on various occasions.

a stack of key lime pie cookies with a key lime glaze on each
Photo Credit: tastesoflizzyt

Key Lime Sugar Cookies from Tastes Of Lizzyt

The key lime sugar cookies are soft, chewy cookies bursting with bright citrus flavor. These cookies offer a delightful surprise to the familiar taste of sugar cookies.

The lime glaze on top adds even more lime flavor, making this the perfect cookie recipe for spring or summer!

overhead image of a slice of no bake key lime pie cheesecake
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Keto No-Bake Key Lime Pie Cheesecake from Like Hot Keto

This easy keto no-bake Key lime pie cheesecake is sweet, tart, zesty and refreshing! The cream cheese lightens the sweet condensed milk and zingy limes making this recipe the perfect summer dessert!

No one will be able to tell that this wonderful lime cheesecake pie is keto: it’s made with sugar-free sweetened condensed milk and a delicious buttery honey Graham cracker crust.

a stack of key lime bars on a white plate on a green plaid napkin
Photo Credit: pamsdailydish

Basic Key Lime Bars from Pams Daily Dish

If you are a fan of key lime pie, you are sure to love these basic key lime bars. A simple recipe that’s easy to follow and comes out tasting fabulous!

While delicious on their own, you can easily customize them with a dollop of whipped cream, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, or a drizzle of fruit coulis for an extra pop of flavor and visual appeal.

mini key lime pie cheesecakes o na white tray set on a green napkin
Photo Credit: thissillygirlskitchen

Easy Mini No Bake Key Lime Pie from This Silly Girls Kitchen

These easy mini no-bake key lime pie is the perfect solution for enjoying this delightful dessert without heating up the kitchen!

The No Bake Key Lime Pie is a cute little no-bake pie that will make your family rave! These individual frozen pies are an easy mini version of your favorite summertime dessert.

a key lime eclair dessert on a white platter with a sliced lime beside
Photo Credit: thissillygirlskitchen

Key Lime Eclair Cake from This Silly Girl’s Kitchen

Key Lime Eclair Cake is a delightful dessert that combines the refreshing tartness of key lime pie with the rich and creamy indulgence of eclairs.

This cake offers a unique flavor combination. The tangy key lime filling is sandwiched between layers of graham crackers, reminiscent of an eclair pastry.

overhead image of a key lime pie with a slice missing
Photo Credit: thelittlestcrumb

Gluten Free Key Lime Pie from The Littlest Crumb

This gluten-free key lime pie allows you to enjoy this delightful dessert without the wheat! It is the BEST gluten free key lime pie. 

An easy to make gluten free graham cracker crust, filled with a tart, slightly sweet key lime pie filling. Served refreshingly cold, topped with a dollop of whipped cream.

a bowl of fruit topped with key lime granola
Photo Credit: ericasrecipes

Key Lime Parfait with Simple Grain-Free Granola from Erica’s recipes

Key Lime Parfait with Simple Grain-Free Granola is a delicious and refreshing dessert that’s perfect for anyone following a gluten-free, paleo, and dairy-free diet.

a bowl of key lime pie gelato starting to melt
Photo Credit: thetastytravelers

Ninja Creami Key Lime Pie Gelato from The Tasty Travelers 

The Ninja Creami Key Lime Pie Gelato is a creative concept for using your Ninja Creami machine to make gelato inspired by classic pies.

This gelato is a super creamy, tangy, sweet, and delicious dessert! It tastes just like pie, but in the form of scoopable ice cream! 

a slice of key lime pie garnished with whipped cream and key lime zest on a white plate
Photo Credit: strengthandsunshine

No-Bake Vegan Key Lime Pie from Strength And Sunshine

No-bake vegan key lime pie is a perfect solution for enjoying a refreshing and delicious dessert without turning on the oven or using animal products!

It is a classic summer dessert with a refreshing tropical flavor.

key lime cookies on a cooling rack
Photo Credit: corriecooks

Key Lime Cookies from Corrie Cooks

These zesty key lime cookies have a refreshing taste. They are light, tangy, and a perfect treat for any occasion. 

They combine the rich sweetness of a classic cookie with the vibrant twist of key lime, leaving you with a divine explosion of flavors.

a glass pie dish filled with key lime pie
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Key Lime Pie from Persnickety Plates

The Key Lime Pie is an amazing dessert with a homemade graham cracker crust. A quick and easy pie to make for your family and friends.

The key lime filling delivers a burst of zesty flavor that’s perfect for beating the heat and satisfying citrus cravings.

a slice of key lime icebox cake garnished with lime slices and zest
Photo Credit: foodnservice

Key Lime Icebox CakeKey Lime Icebox Cake from Food n Service

The Key Lime Icebox Cake is so easy to make and full of creamy, refreshing key lime flavor on a graham cracker crust! 

Unlike traditional key lime pie, this version skips the oven entirely. Layers of graham crackers and a creamy key lime filling are assembled and chilled, making it perfect for hot summer days or when you’re short on time.

a stack of key lime pie cookies garnished with key lime zest
Photo Credit: cakemixrecipes

Key Lime Pie Cake Mix Cookies from Cake Mix Recipes

Key Lime Pie Cookies are a delightful twist on the classic sugar cookie, offering a refreshing and tangy burst of flavor in every bite. Here’s what makes them so special: they are made with a simple cake mix base!

key lime cake with a dollop of cream cheese frosting
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Gluten Free Key Lime Cake with Dairy Free Cream Cheese Frosting from Well Fed Baker

The gluten free key lime cake is an excellent addition to your dessert menu. This particular dessert comes with a dairy free cream cheese frosting, so no one is left out of this creamy goodness.

This cake allows people with celiac disease or gluten sensitivity to enjoy the delightful flavors of key lime cake.

overhead image of a white pie plate filled with a no bake key lime pie
Photo Credit: savoringthegood

Easy No-Bake Key Lime Pie from Savoring The Good

Making this no-bake key lime pie a piece of cake, and the taste is absolutely delightful. This recipe is perfect for beginners or those with limited cooking experience.

With a hearty graham cracker crust and a smooth, airy, lime-infused filling, every forkful offers a perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess, leaving you feeling completely satiated.

a stack of key lime pie bars garnished with a lime slice
Photo Credit: thefirstyearblog

Key Lime Bars from The First Year Blog

Key Lime Bars are a summertime staple and a delightful way to enjoy the refreshing flavors of key lime pie in a convenient, bite-sized format.

These key lime bars have the perfect balance of fresh and zesty key lime filling on top of a buttery, crumbly crust. They are the perfect citrus dessert for parties!

overhead image of a key lime pie with key limes strewn around it
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Key Lime Pie from Baked By An Introvert

This key lime pie is a classic American dessert known for its delightful balance of sweet and tart flavors. It’s a perfect way to enjoy the refreshing taste of citrus during the warmer months.

Make this easy, homemade key lime pie recipe for a flavorful dessert. Enjoy the fragrant, silky filling and crisp graham cracker crust.

overhead image of a key lime cheesecake pie with dollops of whipped cream
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Key Lime Cheesecake Pie from Baked By An Introvert

The key lime Cheesecake pie is absolutely the best way to enjoy key limes. The balance between sweet and tart is perfectly blended into a tangy cheesecake filling.

The filling rests on a crisp graham cracker crust and is topped with homemade whipped cream. This recipe is quite simple and will be wonderful on a hot summer day.

marscapone key lime mini pies set on a cake stand and garnished with whipped cream and lime slices
Photo Credit: noshingwiththenolands

Mascarpone Key Lime Mini Pies from Noshing With The Nolands

Mascarpone key lime mini pies are a snap to make and are a lovely dessert that can be made in advance as they come from the freezer to plate in no time and served up with a dollop of whipped topping and a garnish of sliced lime.

These mini pies typically come together quickly. Nothing could be easier than this and so refreshing on a hot summer day!

a key lime tart garnished with lime slices, whipped cream and raspberries
Photo Credit: noshingwiththenolands

Summer Key Lime Tart from Noshing With The Nolands

The Summer Key Lime Tart is a refreshing and vibrant dessert, perfect for capturing the essence of the season, but is also perfect any time of year.

In the summer, you can enjoy it with fresh berries from the farmers market. Key limes are more readily available year round than ever before,

a stack of fluffy key lime cookies with a thick key lime glaze on each set on a cooling rack
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Key Lime Cookies from Chenee Today

The best key lime cookies recipe is right here! These easy, chewy key lime cookies are so good, you’ll feel like you’re in Key West! 

These key lime cookies are a delightful and tangy twist on the classic sugar cookie, offering a burst of citrusy flavor in every bite.

a wine glass filled with key lime raspberry trifle or parfait
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Key Lime Raspberry Tiramisu from Sweet Recipeas

Key Lime Raspberry Tiramisu is an innovative dessert that combines the classic Italian coffee-flavored tiramisu with the refreshing tang of key lime and the sweetness of raspberries.

This Key lime raspberry tiramisu is a tart and unique take on the classic dessert made with a key lime filling and raspberry sauce.

a key lime pie cupcake with the wrapper pushed down
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Key Lime Pie Cupcakes from Sweet Recipeas

Key Lime Pie Cupcakes are a delightful way to enjoy the classic flavors of key lime pie in a fun and portable format. They combine the deliciousness of cupcakes with the tangy and refreshing flavors of key lime pie.

These Key Lime Pie Cupcakes have a graham cracker bottom, key lime cake batter, key lime pie filling, and key lime buttercream.

an overhead image of a key lime cheesecake with plenty of key lime zest

Photo Credit: thefamilyfoodkitchen

Easy No-Bake Key Lime Pie from The Family Food Kitchen

With a buttery graham cracker crust and creamy lime filling, this simple no-bake key lime pie is every bit as delicious as it looks. A real crowd pleaser – it might just be a contender for the ultimate summer dessert.

The humble key lime pie is as basic as they come. But this tangy, creamy dessert is a classic for a reason. It comes together in just 15 minutes plus the time it needs hanging out in the fridge to set.

Pin this Collection of Key Lime Pie Desserts for your next baking session:

Every possible iteration of a Key Lime Dessert Recipe - gathered all together in one place for your dessert inspiration! These 30+ Key Lime Dessert Recipes range from traditional to no-bakes, from cookies to cakes - and everything in between!

Frequently Asked Questions For Key Lime Desserts

Can I substitute regular limes for Key limes in Key lime desserts?

While you can substitute regular limes for Key limes in a pinch, it’s important to note that the flavor will differ slightly. Key limes have a more intense and distinct taste, so using them will result in a more authentic Key lime dessert. However, if Key limes are not available, you can use a combination of regular lime juice and a small amount of lemon juice to mimic the flavor profile.

Do I have to use a graham cracker crust for Key lime pie?

While a graham cracker crust is traditional for Key lime pie and adds a delicious crunch and sweetness, you can experiment with different crusts if desired. Some variations include shortbread crusts, cookie crusts, or even nut-based crusts for a unique twist on this classic dessert.

How do I prevent my Key lime pie from cracking?

To prevent your Key lime pie from cracking, it’s important to avoid overbaking. Bake the pie just until the filling is set but still slightly jiggly in the center. Additionally, allow the pie to cool gradually by turning off the oven and letting it sit with the door slightly ajar before removing it. Refrigerate the pie for several hours or overnight to help it set further before serving, which also helps prevent cracking.

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